Friedrich von Mellenthin
Historical Figure
Nationality: Germany (born in Prussia), later South Africa
Date of Birth: 1904
Date of Death: 1997
Cause of Death: Natural causes
Occupation: Soldier, Author of Non-Fiction, Airline executive
Parents: Paul von Mellenthin,
Orlinda Emilie Alwine von Waldenburg
Spouse: Ingeborg von Aulock (divorced),
Sybille Zeltmann
Children: Seven
Professional Affiliations: Trek Airways,
Military Branch: Reichsheer,
Wehrmacht (World War II)
Fictional Appearances:
"Speaker to Emos"
POD: c. 350,000 years ago
Type of Appearance: Posthumous reference
Date of Death: Unknown
Occupation: Psychologist

Friedrich von Mellenthin (30 August 1904 – 28 June 1997) was a German general during World War II. A participant in most of the major campaigns of the war, he became known afterwards for his memoirs Panzer Battles, first published in 1956 and reprinted several times since then.

Mellenthin's works were part of the exculpatory memoirs genre that fed the post-war revisionist narrative, put forth by former Wehrmacht generals. Panzer Battles was instrumental in forming the misconceptions that influenced the U.S. view of Eastern Front military operations up to 1995, when Soviet archival sources became available to Western and Russian historians.

Friedrich von Mellenthin in "Speaker to Emos"[]

Friedrich von Mellenthin was credited as the first person to identify the condition that came to be known as Von Mellenthin's Syndrome. He first published a paper called "The Chameleon People" ("Die Chamleonleute") in a journal in Vienna in 1943, but it was overshadowed by World War II. The paper was rediscovered after his death.[1]


  1. Asimov's Science Fiction, July/August, 2019.